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Maldives (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

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1 Oct 2009 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Which island paradise is the one for you? For this 7th edition we walked barefoot along every dazzling white beach, dipped our toes in every aquamarine lagoon, and checked the view from dozens of beachside pools. Plunge into these pages to reap the benefits of Lonely Planet's thoroughly enjoyable research.
Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.
In This Guide:
No hype assessment of resorts. Read this book before you book!
Snorkelling and Diving chapter to get you underwater with manta rays and turtles
Most romantic island resorts and beaches

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741790131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741790139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty decent account 10 Aug 2009
I first went to the maldives in 1987 and have recently been back on a holiday. Once again the lonely planet was the best pick of the available titles in the local shop. It was very useful in 1987 when I was part working and not just going to one island. Very good on Male. The new edition seems pretty much as good and reasonably well written.
If you are considering going but cant decide which island to chose then it seemed to give quite objective advice whereas most of the other books pretty much just drone on and on about the lovely beaches and sea and are not a lot of use.
If you have already booked a holiday and are just going to one island for a week then i don't think you will really get much use out of a guide book anyway. You can find out most of the stuff on the net before you go that you will need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy before you book your trip 10 Feb 2007
I agree with all the people above: When you have booked your trip to the Maldives you do not need Lonely Planet to tell you where you can find the beach on the island you are staying. If you think it is interesting you might find pleasure in reading the very informative brief on Maldivian history and current political environment. Even if this is not the case, you might benefit from the complete listing and review of all resorts in operation at the time of publication. But, you need to get hold of the book before you book your trip. If you plan to dive there is also valuable information for you in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 12 Nov 2011
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nice to have a book to read even though you can find all the information you need on the internet. Was a helpful book for choosing which island to stay on.
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By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER
As always with Lonely Planet, this is a good guide. Given that the Maldives is a largely resort based destination, it focusses a lot on choosing a resort. As an independent traveller, I would have liked a bit more about the other options avaiable such as liveaboards - there is some info but not a lot. Also the atolls without resorts are very poorly covered. Lonely Planet used to be the guidebook for those who travel independently and want to get off 'the beaten track' - however there's not much information here to help you do that. I visited places that Lonely Planet doesn't even mention. It would also be good if there was a bit more information about diving and snorkelling with more pictures - the 'fish spotters guide' and pics are good but could be fleshed out a bit!

If you're following the traditional Maldives tourism model of staying in a resort, this guide will be more than adequate. However it neglects Lonely Planet's previous target market of independent travellers who would rather jump off a cliff than stay in a resort!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly immaculate 16 May 2014
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Great value for money, pages are immaculate, just a very small indentation on the back cover.
It lloks as new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 6 May 2013
By AnetteV
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Nothing bad to say about this product...

13 wrods more required...hmmm hmmm hmmm hmm m m m m m m
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